Please don't spend money on this.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
The acting in this movie is really good.
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
A completely, thrilling movie that has to be one of the best war movies ever to of been put on screen. It has a story that never fails to disappoint an audience, and an absolute amazing performance led by the fantastic, top-notch A-Lister, Jeremy Renner.It takes an incredible look on the war of Iraq, and focuses very deeply on the synopsis the movie has to offer. It's superb groundbreaking effects makes this energising war movie, a movie that we must never forget, and to appreciate those who are doing this for the good.It is clearly a must-see, and it is a movie that everyone must learn about, the heart of what happened in Iraq along with it's fictional story, and it has to be by far one of the best war movies in this decade.A MUST WATCH !!
Had high expectations for this movie, but was really let down by it. I found the characters to be unbelievable. The way some of them acted made no sense. I'm not a soldier, but I have so much trouble believing most of what happens in this movie could possibly be acceptable behaviour for soldiers or officers. Could not finish it. Just didn't care anymore after a while.
...but other films don't have 9,4 meta score! It has higher metascore than: Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Battle of Britain, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and it TIED Apocalypse Now?! Unbelievable and strange. I like war movies a lot but couldn't survive through this one. It's trying very hard to be realistic and poetic at the same time. And it's not. Sometimes it's just boring. Bad editing tempo (cleaning bullets scene! - sniper is under fire (suddenly he's not?) and spotter is calling some guy for a very long time to look for bullets instead of just getting them himself, then they pick one clip... long and boring). If main themes are: You get addicted to adrenaline and You never come back from war... than is should be perfectly crafted. And it's far from it. It's even boring to talk about it, there's not much to talk... "Argo" all over again! :)
Technically this is a brilliantly made movie, but on a personal level, I don't understand the accolades thrown it's way, especially the Best Picture win at the Oscars. The film is more a string of related vignettes that could have been presented in any chronological order and you'd have the same movie. Maybe that's the point, as day after day, real life soldiers in a combat situation must face either mind numbing, nerve shattering stress or sheer boredom during down time.The 'war is a drug' theme is what's eventually conceded when Sgt. Will James (Jeremy Renner) is shown home on leave, dutifully cleaning out the gutters of his home and playing with his toddler son. For warriors, the lack of an adrenaline rush is what propels these individuals back into a combat zone leaving loved ones behind to wonder what drives their other half. A similar theme comes through in 2014's "American Sniper", although in this one, the destructive effects of James' war service on his marriage is only hinted at, though there is that one scene in which he questions whether he's married or not.The one scene that threw me was when Sgt. James wound up seeing the young Iraqi 'Beckham' (Christopher Sayegh) after being certain that the boy was already dead. One of the FAQ's on this site answers the question definitively, but I'm sure most viewers would prefer their own interpretation. What would have been interesting at some point might have had Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) confess his demon thoughts about killing James during one of their early missions together. That scene kept intruding on my mind for the rest of the picture, and it might have offered some further insight into how these soldiers approached their impossible jobs.